Clearing 11 feet, four inches, Palmer Ridge senior Grace Szucs won the 2019 4A girls pole vault state championship Thursday at Jefferson County Stadium.

“I was hopeful, but I wasn’t sure, so it feels good,” Szcus said after she came in first place.

She set a personal record in the win, beating out her previous record of 11 feet, one inch by three inches.  On the podium after the event, Szucs stood next to Lewis-Palmer sophomore Alexa Oatman, who finished as the runner-up.

“She’s actually one of my good friends,” Szucs said of Oatman.  “We were both on the same gymnastics team. She and I were both neck and neck, she was seeded above me, so I figured it would come down to the two of us. I really wanted her to do well, but I also wanted to do well.”

“We’ve been friends for years, so it was really fun to do that,” Oatman said.  “I’m glad she won because she’s a senior and she had her moment.  Next year, I’ll have my moment as first.”

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